Z-arts Patron Mr Bloom reads We’re Going On a Bear Hunt

To celebrate the author Michael Rosen’s interactive experience Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things coming Manchester, Ben Faulks AKA Mr Bloom has recorded an extra special version of his Speedy Reads – We’re Going On a Bear Hunt.

The speedy read comes after Ben visited Z-arts in September for the launch of Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things, the interactive exhibition which is enabling children and families to relive the bear hunt through the eyes of Michael Rosen and see his poems and stories come to life from the page.

The Speedy Read project began during the Panto run in 2015/16, when Ben was away from his family, missing out on story time, and decided to beam some book readings back home.

Since then Ben’s ‘Speedy Reads’ of picture books have become hugely popular with the TV presenter now having a dedicated Facebook page which takes requests on which story Ben reads next.

Watch Ben read We’re Going On a Bear Hunt: 


Children’s author Michael Rosen has this week released his top tips on reading for pleasure, launching the Z-arts crowdfunding campaign which is encouraging children and families to read. Z-arts are aiming to raise £2,500 through a Just Giving campaign which aims to encourage children and families from all over Manchester to enjoy reading for pleasure. The funds will enable Z-arts to bring an iconic BookBench sculpture to Hulme and to one of the schools who have been to visit the immersive experience.

Watch Michael Rosen’s Top Tips on Reading for pleasure: 


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